Mary Hammond is Dean and Interim Director of the East-West Center Education Program. As Dean, she manages the student programs and scholarships at the East-West Center, with approximately 300 students each year from across the US and 42+ countries who live in residence and participate in East-West Center cultural exchange and collaborative activities, cooperative study, and leadership development projects.
As Interim Director, she works with Education staff on the Center’s leadership development programs and initiatives, faculty and professional development programs and higher education policy research activities.
Ms. Hammond has worked in international education for nearly 30 years, including teaching English language and administering English language and teacher training programs as well as working in senior administrative positions for She has also worked in international admissions and recruitment, and the enhancement of exchange programs, international institutional partnerships and funding streams. In the US, she has worked at Harvard University, the University of Southern California, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Hawaii Pacific University.
Internationally, she grew up in Japan, lived and taught in China for two years in the early 1980’s—in Beijing and in the Northwest province of Ningxia—and was a Fulbright grantee at Istanbul Technical University.
She received her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Washington.